Some people feel they are not crafty enough to make their own Christmas decorations, opting instead to shower praises on those who have a talent for making works-of-art out of trash. They are so wrong. A person with little or no craft skills can make many Christmas decorations, one being a Christmas tree skirt. This craft is easy, fun and simple to make. You can make it elegant, whimsical or plain, depending on your taste.
For these instructions, we will make a 42 inch round tree skirt. Items needed to make the tree skirt include:
-One round Christmas patterned tablecloth. I like using the vinyl kind, which have a cloth back. Although these come in all different sizes, the smallest I have found is 60 inches, so you will need to trim it.
-Glue gun and glue sticks
-Ribbon (five-foot roll or five to six ready-made bows)
-Lace (approximately seven yard)
-Ten inch round bowl
Unfold the tablecloth and iron the backside (cloth side) to remove all wrinkles. Lay it down backside up on a flat surface.
If the tablecloth is 60 inches round, use the yardstick and measure eight inches from the edge all the way around, marking at two-inch intervals with the marker. (Adjust inches for different sized tablecloth.) Cut all the way around the tablecloth along these marks. You will not need to leave access for a hem.
Find the center of the tablecloth by folding it in half and then in half again. Mark a dot in the center with the marker on the backside of the tablecloth. Place the ten-inch round bowl over the dot, making sure the dot is in the center of the bowl, and trace around the bowl edge with the marker.
Cut through the tablecloth to the drawn circle and around it. This is the center where the Christmas tree will be.
Use the glue gun to glue the lace around the outer edge, up the cut edge and around the edge of the inner circle. Make sure the lace side is pointing outward.
If you do not have ready-made bows, make five to six bows from the ribbon and glue them, evenly spaced, to the outer edge of tree skirt. These can go right on top of the lace.
Add the sequences sporadically to the tree skirt.
Your Christmas tree skirt is now ready to be placed under your tree.
Note: Dollar stores are a great place to by the tablecloths.
Variation #1: Glue several different colors of lace to the edge instead of just one color. I would suggest making sure the lace pattern is the same though.
Variation #2: Use felt cutouts such as snowmen, ornaments, or snowflakes to decorate your tree skirt.
Source: Myself, Dollar stores